Archive for October, 2010

World Mental Health Day falls on 10 October 2010 this year and is commemorated every year to bring about public awareness of mental health issues. So this weekend there’s going to be a myriad of events and talks organised by various institutions to help members of the public better understand what is mental health, what would constitute a mental disorder, and also some ways to be more positive and reduce stress in life. To check out what’s going on this weekend for World Mental Health Day, go to HPB’s website . Although I know promos is next week and many of you would probably be burying your head in your books…

http://www.healthpromotionboard.gov.sg/mentalhealth/article.aspx?id=8202&lifestage=Women

In a Mental Health Carnival held at Paya Lebar last weekend, MP for Marina Parade GRC Fatimah Lateef was interviewed and she said that “37 percent (of people surveyed) said even if they had serious mental health symptoms, they would not come forward to seek professional help because of the fear of stigma” (see the entire article http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1084851/1/.html). I think this reflects a rather sad state of affairs in our society today which is why events like World Mental Health Day is significant because it tries to address the heart of the issues involved here and which is also why I’m choosing to write a series on mental health. The World Health Organisation wants to send out the message that there is no physical health without mental health which I think succintly describes our society’s stilted emphasis on physical health (think billion dollar vitamin industry) over and above taking good care of our minds. So do check out HPB’s website on ‘Be Positive’ when you have some time on your hand. S.M.I.L.E =)